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Great Ocean Road

1 - 7 April 2020

Witness one of the world’s most scenic journeys and see amazing sights like the Twelve Apostles, Bay of Islands, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Port Fairy, Apollo Bay and more. Ride Portland’s Historic Tram, tour Ararat’s J Ward Museum, meet Warrnambool’s famous Maremmas at Flagstaff Hill and witness the brilliant Sound & Laser Show. ALL INCLUSIVE

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$1599 pp t/s
Single Suppliment $480 

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Day 1 – Wednesday 1st April 2020 (LD)

We depart Sydney this morning and travel south via Goulburn, stopping for lunch at Gundagai and an afternoon snack in the ‘Submarine Town’ of Holbrook. We cross over the border into Victoria and arrive at our motel in Wangaratta where we enjoy a delicious dinner at the motel.

Motel: Quality Hotel Gateway, Wangaratta VIC

Day 2 – Thursday 2nd April 2020 (BLD)

Today we travel to the town of Murchison, known as the ‘River Bank Garden Town’ for morning tea and see the display about the large meteorite that landed nearby in 1969. Continuing on through the Central Goldfields Shire we stop for lunch in Maryborough, then on to Ararat. This afternoon we take a very interesting tour of the J Ward Museum where we learn the history of the goldfield times as well as the incarceration of the criminally insane. Passing by the Southern Grampians, we arrive in Hamilton where we settle in to our motel and enjoy a hearty meal.

Motel: Bandicoot Motor Inn, Hamilton VIC

Day 3 – Friday 3rd April 2020 (BLD)

After two big days of travel, we enjoy a casual start this morning. Departing Hamilton, we travel to the coastal town of Portland, Victoria’s first settlement. Enjoy spectacular scenery and learn of the towns history as we ride on board a lovingly restored Cable Tram. After lunch we take a tour of the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre with displays documenting the region’s rich maritime history. Centrepiece of the museum is the 1858 Portland lifeboat, famous for its role in the Admella rescue of 1859. The lifeboat is one of the oldest remaining unrestored intact vessels in Australia, possibly the world. Our journey takes us along the coastline to the charming fishing village of Port Fairy where we pause to enjoy some free time. This afternoon we arrive in Warrnambool where we check in to one of the town’s finest motels for the next two nights.

Motel: Best Western Olde Maritime Motor Lodge, Warrnambool VIC

Day 4 – Saturday 4th April 2020 (BLD)

This morning you are treated to a full hot and cold breakfast at the motel before heading to Allansford Cheese World & Museum. Owned and operated by the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory, Cheese World is the cellar door outlet for their award winning Warrnambool Heritage Cheddar cheese range. Sample some delicious cheese and learn of the history as you explore the museum. Next, we stop to admire the views at Logans Beach Whale Viewing Platform then stroll through the Heritage Listed Gardens and peruse the gift wares at Fletcher Jones Market. Our next stop is Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, a fascinating historic precinct that includes the state heritage listed Lady Bay Lighthouse, Warrnambool Garrison and a 1870s coastal port with an entire town. Enjoy lunch at the Stella Maria Tearooms followed by a guided tour of the heritage village. As a special treat, we get to meet the famous Maremma dogs that protect the Penguins on Middle Island in Warrnambool, as seen in the Australian movie ‘Oddball’. This afternoon we return to the motel for some well earned down time. After an early dinner at the motel, we wander back across the road to Flagstaff Hill to witness the ShipWrecked Sound & Laser Show.

Motel: Best Western Olde Maritime Motor Lodge, Warrnambool VIC

Day 5 – Sunday 5th April 2020 (BLD)

Enjoy another hot and cold breakfast before setting out for a magnificent full day exploring one of Australia’s most spectacular coastlines. As this is a Great Ocean Road tour, we think that it is important that you get to spend as much time as possible seeing the spectacular sights, so that is what we will do! Please note that you will be on and off the coach a bit today as there is a lot to see but it is well worth it. From Warrnambool we start our journey along the Great Ocean Road, pausing to admire the Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, The Grotto and London Bridge. We stop for some lunch in Port Campbell then continue on to see Loch Ard Gorge. Next, we visit the Twelve Apostles Visitors Facility where you can follow the interpretive displays along the boardwalk to the viewing platform to see the famous limestone stacks. We continue on to the seaside village of Apollo Bay located at the foothills of the mighty Otways. Finally today we arrive at our Skenes Creek accommodation, superbly located on the Great Ocean Road overlooking the ocean.

Motel: Skenes Creek Lodge Motel, Skenes Creek VIC

Day 6 – Monday 6th April 2020 (BLD)

Today our journey continues along the Great Ocean Road, hugging the coastline as we travel through Lorne, Aireys Inlet and Anglesea. Stop to see the famous Bells Beach, an internationally renowned surf spot before reaching the end of the Great Ocean Road in Torquay. Take a scenic drive around the port town of Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city. After lunch, continue on to the historic town of Euroa, nestled at the base of the Strathbogie Ranges and former site of the National Bank robbed by the Kelly Gang in 1878. Our day comes to an end as we arrive back at our Wangaratta accommodation where we enjoy our last nights dinner together.

Motel: Quality Hotel Gateway, Wangaratta VIC

Day 7 – Tuesday 7th April 2020 (BL)

Our journey home today takes us through Holbrook, with a lunch stop in Yass and an afternoon stop around Sutton Forest before arriving back in Sydney around 6:30pm depending on traffic.

Tour Inclusions

  • Travel by Luxury Coach from Sydney
  • Quality Accommodation with private facilities
  • All Meals are provided during the tour (4 x Continental Breakfast, 2 x Cooked Breakfast, 7 x Lunches, 6 x Dinners)
  • Tours & Attractions as per the itinerary
  • Escorted by experienced KTG Tours Hostess

 

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary has been put together to take in the best of the region and its attractions. Details are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed due to availability and other circumstances. Any exclusions from the standard itinerary are stated in the brochure. The tour price is based on per person twin share. Single supplement for this tour is $480. Tour price does not include Travel Insurance [Travel Insurance is highly recommended for all travellers]; personal expenses for drinks, laundry and personal requirements; optional extra touring; meals other than specified; tips or gratuities. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.